Dream On: Delightful Dilbeck In Kessler Park Gutted For Remodel

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Tuesday Three Hundred just got real with this French split level gem in Kessler Park.

Tuesday Three Hundred just got real with this French split level gem in Kessler Park.

Presumed to be a creation of the late renowned designer Charles Dilbeck, this home is but a shell – which means a lot of love and inspiration can go into its next iteration.

The pictures don’t do it justice – wooden beams on the inside, overgrown foliage on the exterior – but the person meant to inhabit or flip this house will see buried treasure.

Built in 1938, it offers “an exceptional opportunity for the dreamer, the investor, and the visionary,” according to agent Melissa O’Brien with Dave Perry-Miller InTown.

“This lovely bungalow awaits your interior completion,” O’Brien said.

Further described as a “delightful French cottage” and a “beautiful jewel box,” it doesn’t take much imagination to see that this place has potential.

Kessler Park

Kessler Park is home to many dreamers. The architecture and design details are unique, and it’s easy to imagine why residents of the area like to escape into their own enchanting fairytales.

The home at 1242 Woodlawn Avenue features wide-plank hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings with oak beam details, metal casement, 200-year-old cast iron porthole windows, and a tri-level layout. The rest is up to the buyer.

What a great opportunity to start with a shell. The exterior includes aged brick, an 1850s front door, a French garden, and newly installed scraped terracotta tile roof.

The possibilities are endless.

Opportunities Abound

It’s obvious that there’s some work to be done on Woodlawn Avenue, and this home, while brilliant, is not quite move-in ready.

We won’t waste your time with telling you which Dallas ISD schools are in the neighborhood or the trendy restaurants where you can get a quick bite to eat.

It’s important, however, to note that whoever ends up in this home will be surrounded by all the amenities that North Oak Cliff has to offer.

The area is close to Interstate 30 and adjacent to such local landmarks as Lake Cliff Historic District, Bishop Arts District, and Kidd Springs.

Agent Melissa O’Brien of Dave Perry-Miller InTown listed 1242 Woodlawn Ave., Dallas, at $325,000.


April Towery

April Towery studied journalism at Texas A&M University and has been an award-winning reporter and editor for more than 20 years. She’s covered everything from city council meetings to Death Row executions. Her favorite things to write are feature stories and humorous columns. She loves to make people laugh. She won first place in humorous column writing, second place in news writing and third place in serious column writing at the 2019 South Texas Press Association Awards and picked up first place in humorous writing at the 2018 Texas Press Association awards ceremony. She has numerous other recognitions, including the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors’ first-place award for special reporting, citing her continuous coverage of the College Station City Council and its violation of the Texas Open Meetings Act in 2006. She is the daughter of a longtime real estate appraiser and at one time knew her way around a floor plan. She lives in Wylie and is learning daily about real estate, architecture, and housing trends.

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  1. mmKaren Eubank says

    This is a great house. That dang tree needs to come down, however. I’m always amazed at how people are unwilling to get rid of trees and bushes that have overgrown their usefulness. It’s an eyesore blocking a magnificent home.

  2. Marcus says

    Well talk about overpriced. At only 1258 sq ft on about 1/6 of an acre….I could see a sale price of 175-200k on it. Rehabbed you are looking at $250-275 / sq ft, which puts it $345k top end. No wonder it’s already been on the market almost 3 months and is dropping in price.

    While the history and perspective in the article is terrific, I think it is more sales pitch than journalism. I expect more from this site.

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